The Hangar Flight Museum on McCall Way N.E. in the city held its annual Remembrance Day Ceremony on Nov. 11.
The 2018 ceremony marked both the 75th anniversary of the Dam Busters Raid that took place during the Second World War over Germany, and also the 60th anniversary of the creation of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
“The ceremony is in remembrance of the men and women who sacrificed themselves and entered the war on a voluntary basis,” said Tom Elliott, a volunteer for the event.
“They were not conscripted.”
The ceremony started with Sentries taking post at the Memorial followed by a performance of “Ukuthula,” an African prayer for peace.
The Hangar Flight Museum’s executive director, Brian Desjardins, gave welcoming remarks followed by the singing of O Canada. Desjardins’ daughter Gracie also had a turn at the podium.
There was a Homily from Rev. Rosemary Bishop followed by a reading of ‘In Flanders Fields’ by a Cadet from 88 Lynx Airdrie Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.
Colonel (Ret’d) Jim Donihee, OMM, CD was a guest speaker.
The ceremony ended with a March of Colours.
Containers were provided for non-perishable food donations to the Veterans Food Bank.
The museum was held open after the ceremony with admission by donation until 4 p.m.
“We volunteers help set things up and help people who have a question about different aircraft or what they were used for in either the First or Second World War or anytime,” Elliott said.
“We give them information.”
The Dambuster Raid happened on the nights of May 16-17, 1943, when Wing Commander Guy Gibson led the 617 Squadron of the Royal Air Force on a bombing raid to destroy three dams in the Ruhr valley, the industrial heartland of Germany.
NORAD is a combined organization of the United States and Canada that provides aerospace warning, air sovereignty, and protection for North America.